Monday, 30 June 2014

Stir fried Hokkien noodles with vegetables (Hokkien char mee)

This is a great dish if your family is a bit tired of the simple stir fried meat, vegetables and rice combo.   Hokkien noodles are a soft, chewy noodle and is so tasty with the sauce and vegetables in this dish!  I find this a great family meal - it's easy, quick (once all the vegetables are chopped!) and so healthy with the abundance of vegetables.  You can even omit the meat for a vegetarian version and I promise this dish is just as tasty.  This is also a recipe I am often asked to share... so here it is!  
- 500g fresh Hokkien noodles (found in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets and all Asian grocery stores)
- 1.5 litre of boiling water
- 300g chicken or pork cut thin strips (seasoned with 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp of oyster sauce and 1/2 tsp sugar and pepper)
- 300g chopped vegetables of your choice (e.g. broccoli, carrot, capsicum, snow peas, mushroom, etc.)
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 3 tbs rice brain oil 
- 1 tbs of caramel sauce (I use this brand)
- 1 tbs light soy sauce
- 1 tbs oyster sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Pepper to taste
- 2 spring onion, thinly sliced
- A hand full of bean sprouts (optional)
- Extra spring onions, chillies and/or coriander to garnish

- Pour the boiling water onto the Hokkien noodles until they separate.  Drain in a colander and set aside
- Heat oil in the wok then fry the garlic until light brown
- Add in the meat and stir fry for 1/2 minute then add vegetables and stir fry for 1-2 minutes (the short cooking time ensures cooked, crunchy vegetables - just the way I like it).  Place meat and vegetables in a bowl then set aside
- Add the noodles in the empty wok then season with the sauces, sugar, salt and water.
- Stir fry the noodle mix evenly then add in the cooked meat and vegetables
- Lastly, add the spring onion and bean sprouts and stir well using a wok spatula (I also use chopsticks to assist me in this step)
- Remove contents onto a serving plate then garnish with chillies and some green herbs...

... and enjoy!!


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